Whistles, clapping and cheers broke out among the crowd with the unveiling of a check Monday, showing that the 2019 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala raised $540,596.82 for the American Cancer Society.

Another round of whistles, applause and cheers erupted with the unveiling of the logo for the 2020 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala. The theme for next year will be “Pistols and Pearls,” with the event to be June 13, 2020, at the Texas Rose Horse Park.

The amount raised in 2019 was announced during a celebration reception at Fitzpatrick Architects by chairs of the event — Kelli Armstrong, Jayme Fitzpatrick and Maggie Wright.

Fitzpatrick said, “It was an awesome year. We got so much support from the community and so much support from all of the volunteers and people on our committee that we were able to have a very successful event and raise a lot of funds for cancer to help with research, to help with education and also to help with patient support locally.”

Fitzpatrick added, “We took on this challenge this year because we wanted to honor our family members who passed away with cancer as well as friends and family members who won the battle with cancer. This is an important cause dear to our hearts, so we were honored to do that.”

Armstrong thanked new supporters of the gala and volunteers who have given their time for years and others who worked to stage the gala. Saying “We thank everybody,” she added, “We may have finished the race to the 2019 gala, but the race is definitely not over until no one has to hear the dreadful words ‘you have cancer’ ever again.”

Wright also recognized Tyler for being a generous town in support of the cancer society.

New chairs for the 2020 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala will be Denise Bardsley, Melissa Braswell and Chalease Denson.

Denson said they are excited about chairing the 2020 gala and noted they have lost family members and others to cancer.

Consequently, she said, “Whatever I can do to help raise funds to help fight this dreaded disease, I’m willing to do it. I’m grateful to family, friends and community who are willing to take that journey for the next 12 months. I’m grateful for the support.”

Denson said they will “shoot for the stars” in efforts to raise money during next year’s gala to fight cancer.

The sisters are in the planning stages for next year’s gala, they may have some new ideas and may tweak a few things, Denson said.

Braswell said the 2019 gala chairs “did awesome” in presenting the event. She thanked sponsors and volunteers and said the community was amazing.

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